Bid to put environment on WTO's agenda

The USA has joined the EC and Canada in promising to perform an environmental assessment of the next round of international trade negotiations which begins later this year. The announcement came at a high-level meeting on trade and the environment in March at which the World Trade Organization (WTO) faced calls to reform its rules and procedures and address the wider environmental implications of trade liberalisation. But moves to extend environmental concerns into the WTO's mainstream activities are set to be opposed by developing countries worried that it might lead to "green protectionism" by industrialised nations.

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